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Capturing an Engagement in this Couple’s Favorite Getaway Spot

San Francisco is a city with many a gorgeous backdrop and this destination engagement is hitting all the classic gems like City Hall. From sweeping views to larger than life grand staircases and some seriously stunning fashion moments, see how Jasmine Lee Photography captured these two in a city they hold near and dear to their hearts.

From the Bride to Be…Abid and I met in 2015 in Houston and the rest was history. He lived in Seattle at the time, so long distance was the biggest obstacle in our relationship. Our first trip together was to San Francisco, he attended Berkeley, showed me his stomping grounds and I instantly fell in love with the magical city. When he proposed, I knew I wanted to have my engagement session in the vibrant city! Coincidentally Jasmine Lee, who I have been following on iG for quite some time, was based in SF. The stars were aligned! I wanted our engagement photos to have a modern appeal. I desired for our attire to be darker, sleeker-a more elegant feel. Abid doesn’t get the chance to wear sweaters in Houston, so he jumped at the opportunity. As for me, I sought after solid pieces with beading. The dress was bought at Neiman and the gold beaded top paired with the skirt was found at an antique boutique. (My best friend and I started antiquing as a new hobby)

As we wrapped up the session, Jasmine suggested I use the gold top as a background for the ring shot (so creative) and it was perfect! A very old piece with the newest gem in my collection.

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Photographer: Jasmine Lee Photography | Makeup Artist: MAC Counters | Hair Stylist: Joseph Cozza Salon | Location One: San Francisco City Hall | Location Two: Lyon Street Steps

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5 Ways to Keep Your Bridesmaids (and Their Wallets!) Happy

Being a bridesmaid is the end-all, be-all of best friend duties… and one your lovely ladies will most definitely take seriously. But, if you love your girls (and we know you do), then keeping it as cost-effective as possible is beyond important. So today we’re turning to our friends at Vow To Be Chic for their advice on how to do just that. Scroll below for happy maids in five simple steps.

GIVE THEM OPTIONS

We’ve all done the bridesmaid dance a time or two (or three) and there’s nothing more annoying than trying to squeeze ten different body types into one gorgeous style. That’s why we’re all about letting your besties choose from an array of stunning dresses, aka, making sure they feel confident in a style + color combo that flatters their every curve. We suggest teaming up with a stylist (like the talented ones at Vow To Be Chic) to help guide you to the mix and match combos that will really make a statement. They know their stuff, you guys, so you can totally trust them.

GIFT THEM JEWELRY

One of the biggest expenses of bridesmaid-ing is all of the little accessories your ladies have to buy along the way. So rather than asking them to stock up on new jewelry, we suggest buying them the essentials as a sweet present that really shows them how much you care. And you don’t have to get crazy with gorgeous sparklers… keep it simple with beautiful earrings and show-stopping bracelets. Oh, and bonus points if you have your maids wear their own shoes. ‘Cause that’s just comfy AND cost-effective.

KEEP THE TRAVEL TO A MINIMUM

From the bachelorette party to the bridal shower to the engagement party and everything in between, your out-of-town maids are sure to be feeling the travel cost heat. So instead of asking those ladies you love to fly in for a special bridesmaid dress shopping excursion, curate your very own Vow To Be Chic Bridal Suite, then invite your besties and have them order try-ons. Your maids can pick a day to host their own personal fashion show (with bubbly, of course) and send you photos of the big reveals. It’s just as much fun at zero the cost.

HAVE A LOW-KEY BACHELORETTE PARTY

Take it from someone who has been there, bachelorette parties can get crazy expensive. So why not relieve some of that financial stress from your maids and DIY your “night out” with your friends. Think an at-home spa night just days before the wedding filled with tasty treats and drinks. You can kick back in your robes, sip champagne and watch all of those movies you grew up loving. Sooo fun.

RENT YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Of course, nothing saves more than renting your bridesmaid dresses. I mean, you can literally save your besties hundreds of dollars on gowns, alterations AND dry cleaning just by hopping online and kicking back in your yoga pants. (Champagne is optional.) And it’s sooo simple. Just head to an online shop (we suggest Vow To Be Chic), peruse the stunning lineups of top-quality designer dresses, consult a stylist and start curating. With Vow, your besties will receive their dresses (with a backup size!) two whole weeks before the Big Day and can simply return it once the party is over with pre-paid packaging. Vow will even dry-clean for you. We love that.

Head to Vow To Be Chic today to start your journey to seriously happy maids. And don’t forget to use promo code SMP10 for 10% off a rental!

Photography: Kate Botwinkski | Photography: Brian Flint Photo | Photography: Stellar Exposures | Photography: Ashley Largesse Photography | Photography: Boone Studios | Photography: Jill Doty Photography | Photography: Abbi Hearne | Photography: LA Exposures | Photography: Emily Harris Photography | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vow To Be Chic



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Define Your Style for the Big Day… and Beyond

Not all wedding events are created equal and when it comes to a bridal show that will totally help define your style for the Big Day and beyond, Gump’s Expect Everything Event is IT. Think tasty cocktails + treats, an entire world of stunning inspo from some of the Bay Area’s most amazing wedding talents and everything you’ll ever need to create that registry of your dreams. All happening on Sunday, March 26th from 11 am – 1 pm, this one is most definitely a must-see.

Whether you consider yourself a little bit classic, totally contemporary, all kinds of boho or something else entirely, attending Gump’s Expect Everything Event is so, so important. I mean, where else can you chat with the Bay Area’s finest vendors, soak in beautifully styled tables AND use that style direction to create a registry that will live long after your wedding day is over? It’s an event unlike any other and it’s chock-full of experts that will help define your celebration AND your life as a newlywed.

Ready to attend Gump’s Expect Everything Event and really dive into creating that day you’ve always dreamed of, plus get some much-needed help with your registry? Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 26th from 11 am – 1 pm and click here to purchase your tickets. (Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door.)  From the amazing vendors to the endless inspiration, you’ll be totally set.

Image 1: Photography: Joel Serrato + Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design + Event Planning & Design: Laurie Arons Special Events | Image 2: Photography: Sylvie Gil | Image 3: Photography: Kate Webber Photography + Reception Catering: Taste Catering & Event Planning | Image 4: Photography: Joel Serrato + Event Planning & Design: Laurie Arons Special Events + Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Image 5: Photography: Jose Villa Photography + Event Planning & Design: Laurie Arons Special Events + Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design + Cake: Perfect Endings | Image 6: Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography + Wedding Dress: Marina Morrison

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